Tom Kocal joined Townsquare Media as the LaramieLive.com Multimedia Reporter in February 2019 after a 40-year career in the newspaper business. After selling the Lanark, Carroll County, Illinois newspaper business in 2013, Tom was one of the founders of Carroll County’s only online news source. “Change is the one constant” is a mantra that motivated Tom to set out on a new adventure after his wife of 45 years passed away in early 2018. After a road trip in the summer of 2018, the lure of the west called, and Tom moved to Laramie in September 2018. “I’ve seen the newspaper and printing industries change tremendously in 40 years,” Tom said. “We started out with Ben Franklin-era hand-set type, Linotypes, and lead type printed on a hand-fed printing press, to producing news and photos for online readers that can be posted from my smart phone in my truck. Don’t ever let anyone tell you that you can’t teach old dogs new tricks!” Tom has two older children and 2 grandchildren. His interests include his fiancé, Julie, and her grandchildren; gardening, preserving, cooking and eating the vegetables they grow; and bicycling while enjoying the scenery and to stay in shape. Tom enjoys being an active member of the Laramie community, reporting for LaramieLive.com on the events that Laramie has to offer and meeting more unique personalities that make this community a very special place.
Laramie Man Charged with 2nd Degree Murder and Manslaughter
Artem D. Day, 24-year-old Laramie resident, charged with Murder in the 2nd Degree, Manslaughter, and Sexual Battery for the killing of a female individual.
Vintage ‘Welcome to Wyoming’ Signs Put Up For Auction
WYDOT is holding an online auction for two vintage 4-by-8-foot aluminum “Welcome to Wyoming” signs featuring the Grand Tetons.
WDH Updates Income Guidelines for WIC Program
Nutritious food items plus other benefits are available for families through the Wyoming WIC Program, which is operated by the Wyoming Department of Health
After 78 Years, Laramie’s MMFC George Hanson Comes Home to Rest
Navy Machinist’s Mate 1st Class George Hanson, 32, will be interred at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 29, at Green Hill Cemetery, 455 N. 15th St. in Laramie.
National Guard Readiness Center Ready to Roll at New Facility
The new home for the Wyoming Army National Guard in Laramie hosted a ribbon cutting and open house Friday, June 14, at the new facility next to the Laramie Regional Airport.
West Nile Virus Detected in Laramie Mosquito Sample
West Nile virus has been documented in a mosquito sample collected this week in Laramie.
Laramie Teacher Selected for 2019 National STEM Scholar Program
Allison Baas, a seventh-grade life science teacher at Laramie Middle School, was selected to participate in the 2019 National STEM Scholar Program in Bowling Green, Kentucky
CWD Working Group Hopes to Find Solutions Before It’s Too Late
A public meeting to provide information and gather crucial public input on Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD), was held last week at the Wyoming Game and Fish office in Laramie.
The Cowboy State to Receive Over $17 Million for Outdoor Projects
Wyoming will receive more than $17 million to support critical state conservation and outdoor recreation projects this year, according to the U.S. Department of the Interior.
Governor Brings Wyoming In To New Energy Advocacy Group
Governor Mark Gordon has led Wyoming to join a newly formed advocacy group that will help the state access global markets for its natural gas reserves.